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South Putnam handles Eels at home

Wednesday, February 4, 2004

PUTNAMVILLE -- The Clay City High School girls' basketball squad had a hard time getting going on Tuesday as the host South Putnam Eagles knocked off the Eels, 67-29.

The Eagles forced 38 Clay City turnovers on Tuesday, including 27 in the first half.

However, Clay City was within striking distance through the first quarter, trailing only 10-7.

But South Putnam used an aggressive third period to turn the tide.

"They brought that same energy in the third quarter and I don't think we came out with that same kind of energy," Clay City coach Chris Ross said. "They pressure well. They get up and cause a lot of problems.

"I thought early in the game, we accepted that style of play."

Clay City committed 12 turnovers in the first quarter and yet trailed by three points. The Eagles were just 3-of-18 from the field in the first frame.

The Eels took a 5-4 lead with 5:42 to go in the first frame after Bryleigh Schopmeyer converted a three-point play and led 7-5 after Whitney McWilliams hit a jumper midway through the period.

South Putnam took the lead for good at 8-7 after a three-point play by Jessica Canary.

Ross said the Eagles held McWilliams at bay throughout the game.

"I thought we would still be able to free up Whitney more than we did," he said. "They did a good job on her."

McWilliams -- Clay City's leading scorer -- finished with a team-high 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting.

The Eels trailed by 14 by halftime and once early in the third period. After falling behind by 20 points, 37-16, McWilliams hit a three-pointer to pull Clay City within 18.

That was as close as the Eels would get.

Schopmeyer also had nine points while Sarah Kennedy had four points and 11 rebounds.

Canary paced the Eagles with 17 points.

South Putnam opened the final period on a 8-0 run to take a commanding 51-21 lead. McWilliams hit a jumper to stop the run but the Eels were unable to contain the Eagles.

In junior varsity action, the Eels improved to 12-7 after winning in overtime, 33-27.

Chelsea Gerber had nine points to lead the Eels while Kristin Tyler tallied eight and Lacey Rood had six.

Clay City (6-13) will face North Daviess at home in its final home game of the regular season on Thursday. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m.

At Putnamville

Clay City 7 5 9 8 -- 29

South Putnam 10 16 17 24 -- 67

CC -- McWilliams 5-13 1-2 12, Schopmeyer 3-6 3-5 9, Gerber 0-3 0-0 0, Thatcher 1-6 0-0 2, Kennedy 2-5 0-0 4, B. Rood 0-3 0-2 0, Johnson 1-3 0-0 , Tyler 0-1 0-0 0, L. Rood 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-40 FG, 4-9 FT, 29 TP.

SP -- Coffin 5-12 2-3 12, McGaughey 4-6 0-0 9, Canary 7-15 2-5 17, Foy 2-8 1-6 5, H. Booe 6-12 1-3 13, Knight 2-2 1-2 5, Legan 3-6 0-2 6, D. Booe 0-0 0-0 0, Ames 0-0 0-0 0, Cline 0-0 0-0 0, Robinson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-62 FG, 7-21 FT, 67, TP.

3-pt. FG -- CC 1-9 (McWilliams 1-4), SP 2-4 (McGaughey, Canary 1-2). Rebounds -- CC 30 (Kennedy 11), SP 32 (H. Booe 11). Blocks -- CC 1 (Kennedy), SP 5 (Canary 3). Assists -- CC 6 (Johnson 2), SP 5 (Canary 3). Steals -- CC 3 (Schopmeyer 2), SP 15 (Canary 6). Total Fouls -- CC 16, SP 12. Fouled Out -- None. Turnovers -- CC 38, SP 17.

Junior Varsity -- Clay City won, 33-27, in overtime.

Next Game -- The Eels (6-13) face North Daviess at home on Thursday, starting at 6 p.m.



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